As a white woman of European descent growing up in Australia, I was blissfully unaware (perhaps even ignorant) of the nature and extent of discrimination faced by many women and underrepresented groups in science. To me, gender issues felt like a thing of the past. It certainly was not a topic that was discussed at home, at school, or during my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. In fact, it only became apparent to me as I transitioned into a postdoctoral position, when I realised that there are far fewer women in academic roles due to widespread biases within both funding bodies and the work environment itself, and the accumulation of these biases over the course of one's career.

In Australia, where PhD labour is cheap, many young people are encouraged to explore careers in science. In my experience, however, institutions and advisors neglect to reveal to potential PhD students that careers...

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